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Letters Oropharyngeal cancer

Australian data show increase

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 11 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2518
  1. Angela Hong, radiation oncologist1
  2. On behalf of A Grulich (University of New South Wales), D Jones (University of Sydney), S Lee (University of Western Sydney), S Garland(University of Melbourne), T Dobbins (University of New South Wales), J Clark (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital), G Harnett (Pathwest Lab), C Milross (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital), C O’Brien (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital), and B Rose (University of Sydney).
  1. 1Sydney Cancer Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
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    Australian data support the changing epidemiology of oropharyngeal cancer observed in other Western countries.1 Our study of 302 oropharyngeal cancers from Sydney hospitals showed that the incidence of oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer positive for human papilloma virus (HPV) (p16) increased from 19% in 1987-90 to 47% in 2001-5 …

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